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Global Telecoms - The Big Picture 2017 and Key Industry Statistics


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Global Telecoms - The Big Picture 2017 and Key Industry Statistics

The global telecommunications market continues its transformation into the industry underpinning the digital, sharing and interconnected economy. This transformation is mainly driven by the ongoing innovations and technological developments that are taking place. More often than not the industry itself is struggling to keep up with these rapid changes.

The convergence that we have been talking about for more than 20 years is now happening, but driven by disruption rather than well-considered strategies and marketing campaigns.

The internet companies have been able to embed many of the traditional telecoms services into their offerings, often at little or no cost to their customers. Telecommunications is a way for them to offer a range of other internet services and it is from these that they make their money.

As a consequence, the underlying infrastructure is increasingly becoming a national utility and it will soon be treated as such from a regulatory perspective.

This, of course, is putting enormous pressure on the traditional industry. Overall the growth in this segment of the telco industry is stagnating, and often the only way to maintain profitability is through cost-cutting. On the positive side, innovations and technological developments allow these companies to be more cost-competitive. While there is still a very large cost gap between the internet companies and the traditional telcos, the telcos are certainly getting better at becoming more efficient and effective. Another outcome of these pressures is the ongoing consolidation of the industry, a process that will continue in 2017.

Although their revenue might not be growing all that much, usage of their services is, and this allows them to maintain their pricing by offering more services for the same money. Here again, significant improvements in software and network efficiencies allow them to do so.

This report provides a summary of key trends for the global telecoms sector as well as an overview of developments at a regional level. This valuable report also includes recent key statistics for the overall global telecoms industry as well as statistics for the mobile, mobile broadband, Internet, satellite and fixed broadband sectors. It also includes a ranking of the top telcos as well as global telecoms and mobile CAPEX and revenue. For further statistics and trends on the global mobile market, see separate reports.


1. Synopsis
2. Analysis of the global telecoms industry in 2017
2.1 Mobile market keeps forging ahead
2.2 The importance of broadband
2.3 The digital, sharing and interconnected economy
3. Key global trends for telcoms industry
4. Global mobile key statistics
4.1 Wireless/mobile broadband
5. Global Internet key statistics
5.1 Fixed broadband
5.2 The Internet and the economy in statistics
6. Global telecommunications expenditure
6.1 Global telecoms CAPEX
6.2 Global telecoms outsourcing
7. Global telecoms revenue
7.1 Global telecoms revenue
8. Global telecoms traffic
8.1 IP traffic
9. Satellite services
9.1 Satellite industry revenue
9.2 Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
9.3 Satellite broadband
9.4 Direct broadcasting services/satellite radio
10. Ranking of top carriers
10.1 Global top 16 major mobile parent carriers by subscribers
10.2 Global major 17 fixed-line parent carriers by subscribers
11. Related reports
Table 1 Global telecom statistics at a glance 2014; 2017
Table 2 Global mobile subscriptions, annual change and unique subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 3 Regional - mobile subscribers 2009 2015
Table 4 Global mobile broadband market share by technology 2015
Table 5 Global mobile broadband subscribers 2014 - 2017
Table 6 Regional mobile broadband penetration 2014 - 2016
Table 7 Regional mobile broadband active subscriptions 2014; 2015
Table 8 Top fifteen OECD countries by mobile broadband subscriptions Mid 2016
Table 9 Global - Internet users and annual change 2010 - 2017
Table 10 Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change 2005 - 2017
Table 11 Regional market share of fixed broadband subscribers 2014; 2015
Table 12 Global broadband subscribers by access technology Q1 2014
Table 13 Global - broadband market share by access technology Q1 2013; Q1 2014; Q1 2015
Table 14 Global telecoms CAPEX 2008 - 2017
Table 15 Global - telecoms services revenue 2008 - 2016
Table 16 Global total satellite industry revenue 2008 - 2014
Table 17 Global - satellite services revenue 2003 - 2014
Table 18 Global - satellite broadband revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 19 Global - top 16 mobile parent carriers by subscribers 2014
Table 20 Major 17 fixed-line parent carriers by subscribers - 2014
Exhibit 1 Statistics on the impact of the Internet on the economy
Exhibit 2 Major global fixed satellite service operators
Exhibit 3 2nd Generation satellites

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